Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies are a vibrant and whimsical treat that bring a burst of color and fun to any occasion. These festive cookies feature a delightful swirl pattern that is sure to capture the attention and hearts of everyone who sees them. Perfect for parties, celebrations, or as a cheerful treat, these cookies are not only beautiful but also deliciously satisfying.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring (enough to achieve desired color)
  • Rainbow sprinkles or jimmies for coating


  1. Prepare Dough: In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
  2. Divide Dough: Remove half the dough, wrap in plastic, and chill. Mix remaining dough with green food coloring, wrap and chill.
  3. Roll Dough: Roll out each dough separately on a floured surface to ¼ inch thickness.
  4. Assemble: Moisten darker dough with water, place lighter dough on top, trim edges, and roll into a log.
  5. Coat with Sprinkles: Moisten the log with water, roll in sprinkles, wrap, and chill for an hour.
  6. Slice and Bake: Cut dough into ¼ inch thick rounds. Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes.


  • Ensure dough is thoroughly chilled to make handling easier.
  • Roll dough layers together tightly to prevent gaps in the pinwheel design.
  • Slice cookies with a sharp, thin-bladed knife for clean cuts without squishing the dough.


Q: Can I use other colors of food coloring? A: Absolutely! Feel free to customize the color of your pinwheel cookies with any shades you like to match the theme of your event or personal preference.

Q: How should I store these cookies to keep them fresh? A: Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will stay fresh for up to a week.

Prep Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes


  • Servings: Makes about 30 cookies


  • Dessert


  • Baking


  • American


  • Vegetarian


Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies are the perfect way to add a touch of joy and color to any gathering. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a fun baking project, these cookies will not disappoint. Enjoy the process of creating these eye-catching treats and watch them brighten up any dessert table!

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